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New Sepsis Criteria: A Change We Should Not Make

Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP
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CORRESPONDENCE TO: Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Kansas, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, Mail Stop #3007, Kansas City, KS 66160


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(5):1117-1118. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.653
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The Society of Critical Care Medicine and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine recently released a consensus statement redefining the clinical syndrome of sepsis. The new diagnostic criteria eliminate the concept of the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) and rely on known or suspected infection with a change in Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score ≥ 2, or a modified “quick SOFA” for simpler use., Physicians of multiple specialties have expressed concern that widespread application of this new definition could cost patient lives, and we cannot support its adoption.

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